Boris' voice gives his emotions away. LMAO
Monday, 23 June, 2003
Becker urges Roddick to deliver
By Luke Surry
Boris Becker says Andy Roddick could be the "next great American champion".
Becker played in seven Wimbledon finals, winning three times
But the three-time Wimbledon winner believes the big-serving 20-year-old still has a lot to prove.
Becker said he has no doubts about Roddick's talent, but warned the time has come for the Queen's champion to realise his potential.
"Roddick hasn't performed that well in Grand Slams yet," he said.
"The fact that he can beat anybody on any surface doesn't mean he's good enough to win a Grand Slam.
"You have to do it day in and day out - on a cloudy day, a windy day, a cold day and a hot day.
"Over two weeks in a Grand Slam you have to face all those obstacles, and that's the hard part."
Roddick has teamed up with Andre Agassi's former coach, Brad Gilbert and Becker believes the partnership will take Roddick to a higher level.
"The fact that he now has Brad Gilbert - one of the best and most experienced coaches - in his corner gives him an edge.
Roddick and Federer have the potential, the talent the game - everything they need to win a Slam - but they have to prove it
"His victory over Agassi at Queen's shows me that Andy Roddick, in my opinion, is the next great American champion.
"He had a great performance at Queen's and he has the game to win Wimbledon.
"But does he have the mind? Does he have the body? We'll know in two weeks."
Becker contends that players like Roddick and Roger Federer, seeded fourth at Wimbledon, don't yet deserve to be regarded among the world's top players.
"In my opinion, and I sometimes have extreme opinions, you shouldn't even be ranked in the top five without winning a Grand Slam.
"Those young players out there have to get used to the fact that they're only judged by how many Grand Slams they've won.
"Roddick and Federer have the potential, the talent the game - everything they need to win a Slam - but they have to prove it."